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Survivor Stories

One of the best ways to understand what we do is to hear it from people who have had help from the Rosey Project before.

Here, one of our survivors talks about the different types of support she received from the Rosey Project and the impact it has had on her. Here’s her story.

“The first time I walked into the centre, I was greeted with warm smiles and a feeling of safety. I got a cup of tea and sat in a cosy waiting room before being called in to start receiving the support I desperately needed.

During my first session, which was a drop-in, I was given support leaflets and put on a 12-week waiting list. I was still able to use the drop-in service when I needed it, and a support worker texted me regularly to make sure I was okay. This reassured me that they did care about me, and it made the wait for a one-to-one session feel much shorter.

In my one-to-one sessions, I could talk about anything and everything I needed to. I was able to take the lead which gave me control back. Jenny (my amazing support worker) listened and asked questions before planning activities to help me and my thought processes. Jenny made me realise that my self-worth needed work. She also made me realise that I did not deserve what had happened to me and that what I did deserve was to live a full and happy life. I was taught coping strategies that were safe and worked for me. I still use these strategies to this day if I need them.

After finishing one-to-one sessions, I had the opportunity to do group therapy. Two support workers facilitated the group, and they would pick a theme for the week. The sessions would always start with a check-in, so everybody had their time to share with the group. We would then discuss the weeks’ theme and do some activities. It gave us the opportunity to talk about what we had gone through with others who understood. There was a true sense of sisterhood in the group, and we had a lot of laughs. They’re now my friends for life and I’m grateful to the centre for bringing us all together.

After finishing group therapy, I joined the Rosey Project Community which is an activist group within the centre. I take part in projects that educate about gender-based violence and help other survivors. The centre has given me the power to take something dark that happened in my life and turn it into something positive.

Before I started support with the Rosey Project, I didn’t think that I would see the end of the year. Now, I’m 23, happy to be alive and helping other survivors where I can. The centre gave me my life back, and I will never be able to thank them enough.”

Survivor C